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Dambuster's girl in appeal after logbook thief is jailed

By Sally Wardle

The daughter of an RAF airman from the Dambusters squadron has said she will not give up hope of finding his stolen logbook after a military historian was jailed for its theft.

Alexander Bateman (48), of Headstone Lane, Harrow, north-west London, was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday at Wood Green Crown Court, north London, after being found guilty at a trial in January.

The treasured log book worth £10,000, which belonged to the late Sergeant John Fraser, was lent to Bateman by his widow, Doris Fraser, in 1996 for research - but he lied repeatedly after he was asked to return it.

Bateman has refused to divulge the memento's whereabouts and it has not yet been found.

Sergeant Fraser's daughter, Shere Lowe (60) who has flown over from Washington in the United States, blasted Bateman for his "cruel charade" and has urged anyone who had the book or information about it to come forward.

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